And more of pointing fingers:

Muntinlupa mayor hits Atienza for flood blame
By Marlon Ramos
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 09:29:00 10/06/2009

MANILA, Philippines—Muntinlupa City Mayor Aldrin San Pedro on Monday assailed Secretary Lito Atienza of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for blaming fish cages in Laguna de Bay for the massive flooding in Metro Manila.

San Pedro said the government should instead look into the mushrooming of private subdivisions authorized by Atienza’s department.

“What agency gave the ECC (environmental compliance certificates) to these real estate companies to develop subdivisions? It’s the DENR,” San Pedro said.

“Many of our fishermen already lost their livelihood because of the swelling of the lake. Blaming them for the floods is just adding insult to injury,” he added.

“If you noticed, the water which came down from Marikina and Rizal towns were muddy. That’s because the trees in upland areas were cut down and the roads were cemented,” he said.

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